This all day workshop is aimed at primary school children in Years 4, 5 and 6 in Australia. For the best results it is recommended that a group of between 15 to 20 children who have an interest in creative writing are chosen from these grades.
The day long workshop is broken up into 3 sessions:
Session 1: What is your story? (Generating story ideas, creating a story, no conflict = no story)
Session 2: Who are your characters? (Developing interesting characters – backstory, flaws and more)
Session 3: Writing your story (Story structure and lots of good advice on how to make your story fly!)
At the end of the workshop the young writers will go away and write their stories. I am then happy to read these stories and provide some feedback. The young writers then have the option to publish their stories on the new website I have created: www.theyoungwritersclub.com.au
The workshop is illustrated with over 100 colourful, engaging PowerPoint slides and I leave behind a set of notes with a summary of all the important points covered in the workshop.
Please get in touch for a quotation. Prices vary depending on the location of your school.
Here’s what Melanie Smith at Queen of Apostles School said about my visit:
Ian spent the day with a small group of children to kick start our ‘author experience’, sharing with the students a huge amount of information about how to structure a narrative and he also supported them in beginning to write their narrative plan. This guidance was invaluable throughout the 15 week experience, with many of the older writers referring back to this to guide them through the writing process. Ian read all the students’ narratives once completed and returned to celebrate their hard work at our ‘book launch’ at which he gave them all positive feedback and awarded his book to the story he most enjoyed. Many of the students were excited to publish their stories on his website which serves as a great medium to spread the love of writing! The presence of Ian throughout this process definitely added to the richness of the experience.
– Melanie Smith, enrichment facilitator, Queen of Apostles School.